Friday, July 3, 2020

Growing Sprouts

Growing sprouts is such an easy way to add fresh ingredients to your daily meals.   Sprouts also pack a great nutritional punch.  We started growing our sprouts a couple of years ago.  Recently they have made a strong come back to our regular meals, they seem to fit into summer meals so well.  In my cupboard, you'll find the Protein Powerhouse Mix (bean mix), 5 Part Salad Mix, Radish, and alfalfa. I use one to two tablespoons of sprouting seeds each time I start a new batch of sprouts.  


We use them on sandwiches, salads, add them to pitta pockets, and serve them with cheese and crackers.  Sprouts are really versatile, you could easily add them to every meal.  I've been really enjoying goat cheese on homemade bread, topped with radish sprouts and tomatoes.


I use a sprouting lid and mason jar to grow my sprouts.  There are other options on the market, but we love our sprouting lid.  In fact, I just ordered a second one so we can do two jars at a time.  I like the bean and radish sprouts, Hubby is more of an alfalfa sprout lover.  I placed an order with True Leaf Market a few days ago, with my sprout lid I snagged some broccoli and clover sprouting seeds.  


Bean sprouts are great to add to salads and as a topping on flatbread with a little hummus and goat cheese.  I got hooked on the bean sprouts during our travels to Hawaii.  The grocery stores on the islands carry all kinds of sprouts that are produced locally.  Love me some good chickpea sprouts.


Most sprouts take about three days, the beans tend to take four or five.  When we first got our lid I followed the package instructions, keeping the jar out of direct light on the kitchen counter.  We got decent results, but never as good as the sprouts that we'd been buying at the store.  This year, I broke the rules and started putting them in the window.  Our results have been amazing.  Super green and tons of sprouts. 


I add one to two tablespoons to my sprout jar and soak them overnight.  The next morning I drain, rinse and drain again.  For the next three or four days, I rinse and drain the sprouts in the morning and set them in the window sill.  When we close the blinds in the evening, I rinse and drain them again.  I repeat this until the sprouts develop all their sprouty green goodness.  

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